Archive for May, 2010

Weekly Update – May 30, 2010

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all of you and especially to our active military members and our veterans!!  You are appreciated more than you will ever know!! Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – May 23, 2010

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Hello San Jacinto College Community –

It is funny how so many of my weeks take on an interesting theme that I really wasn’t expecting. Take, for example, this week, I started out reading a report from the SJC Veterans’ Services Task Force. This group studied the college’s efforts in supporting veterans and active military service members and what should be done in order to prepare us for anticipated increases in this student population. For 2009-2010, San Jacinto College served 1,008 individuals who accessed veterans’ benefits. According to the task force’s research, currently Harris County has 33,651 military members deployed, and 8,089 Harris county veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom have already checked in with the Veterans Administration. This number of veterans is anticipated to increase as the drawdown of troops materializes. Additionally, from a historical perspective, a larger portion (43%) of military undergraduates (veterans and active duty military) attends public two-year institutions compared to those who attend public four-year universities (21%).  I was impressed with the quality of research conducted by the task force; the innovative and low cost solutions that have been implemented; and the recommendations for a two to three year plan to better support the growing number of active service members and veterans who are continuing to return to Harris County and our service area. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – May 16, 2010

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Hello San Jacinto College Community!  

Are you slowly starting to breathe a sigh of relief as the semester is coming to an end? And what about that sense of pride from celebrating four graduation ceremonies over the past week?  As our work for this semester wraps up and as we get into full swing for the mini and summer sessions, I am reflecting on my open “to do” list for the summer. We all know that these “to do” lists can go on and on, but the real challenge is how to focus our work to accomplish the most off of these lists. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – May 9, 2010

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers at San Jacinto College!!  I hope each of you enjoyed a day of fun, relaxation, or a combination of both.

One of the great features of San Jacinto College is all the activities and functions that are available on a regular basis, and this week has been jam packed.  I was fortunate enough to attend the Spring Choral Concert at North Campus, swing into the field day for the Emergency Medical Technology Department at the Central Campus, and celebrate the graduation ceremony with the South Campus.  Additionally, on Saturday morning, I welcomed 150 7th and 8th grade young women for a careers conference focused on exploring opportunities in the world of science, technology, engineering, and math. The conference was sponsored by the American Association of University Women and the Society of Women Engineers, with support from numerous San Jacinto College employees and the San Jacinto College Foundation providing lunch and contributing to the gift bags. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – May 2, 2010

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Happy May!!  Wow, we are wrapping up another semester and it seems like it just flew by!!

As I reflect back on my week, much of it was spent learning about our technical programs.  On Monday and Tuesday, I observed a number of the program review presentations that were conducted at the South Campus. I was quite impressed with the presentations and the conversations about successes, concerns, and needs. One presenter made the comment that she normally feels good when she completes a review and presentation, but in this case she realized that there was more work that needed to be done. Basically, she found that digging deeper into the data generated more questions about student success and future actions that should be considered. There were several interventions presented, such as the educational planning sheets, which allow faculty to work more closely with students in developing goals and timelines. This is a promising intervention that all three campuses are implementing.  I do plan to review the presentations that I missed. I know a great deal of time and work went into the program review process. It is critical that we take the time to analyze our programs in this type of detail, which is clearly part of our continuous improvement process (Plan, Do, Check, Act) and part of our San Jac Data & You initiative. Thank you to the faculty, department chairs, staff members, and deans who worked on the program review documents and presentations. Read the rest of this entry »